September 6, 2017

Advancing
Integrative Health

INTEGRATIVE HEALTH AND MEDICINE
ACROSS THE U.S.

 

With the opioid epidemic depleting state treasuries, even conventional medical authorities are calling for treating chronic pain with non-drug options.  Acupuncture for instance.

The map is part of our briefing on the Status of Integrative Health in America, (presented to CMS and to AARP this year).



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WHOLE HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS EMERGE

The US Military and VA have learned a lot since injured soldiers started returning from the Gulf Wars in 2003.  Integrative approaches for PTSD among them.  After five years of preparation, in the fall of 2017 the VHA plans to roll out the transformational model of care you see in the sphere above.

Whole Health
Learning in K-12

NEW VOCAB HEARD ON K-12 CAMPUSES


“Did you work out before the test?”
“Be careful chopping that kale!”
“Let’s get up and move around.”
“How big are the frogs in the creek this year?”
“Let’s just breathe for a few minutes.”



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HERE’S THE PROBLEM

Tremendous efforts are underway by the healthcare and community health systems to attack the prevalence and causes of obesity and overweight among children.

Maybe it’s simpler than that. Can school gardens, mindfulness classes in 3rd grade, learning about the food system, nutrition, nature learning and exercising before tests increase the blue slice of those dismal circles above?

Maybe.  We’re working on ways to find out.


 

What’s the connection?

Advancing the qualities of a new integrative healing approach, technique, or method may appear to be far removed from giving kids time in the school garden, a few minutes of movement or mindfulness, or preparing meals for a senior center down the road.

But not by much.

For health and wellness professionals and increasingly physicians who are schooled in and apply whole person healthcare every day, a path of whole-health learning will look a lot like the self-care they are counseling adults to adopt to improve their own health; except without the previous decades of lifestyle choices that the adults are urged to unwind.

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